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Lepš Jan

Prof. RNDr., CSc.
Born May 23, 1953

  • Ecology, Botany
  • Member of Learned Society since 2015

Education and professional carreer

  • 1978 – Master Degree (RNDr.) –botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague
  • 1983 –CSc. (eq. PhD) – botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague
  • 1999 – full professor, Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice

Employment and academic positions

  • 1978-1982 PhD scholarship, Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
  • 1983 – present: Institute of Entomology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences / Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (since 1991 part time), recently is the institute part of Biology Research Centre
  • 1991 – present: Faculty of Biological Sciences / Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • Scientific council of the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies

  • International Association for Vegetation Science, member of the Counciland of the Award committee

Selected publications

  • Lepš, J., Šmilauer, P. (2003) Multivariate analysis of ecological data using CANOCO. Cambridge Univ. Press.- 2. vydání (Šmilauer, Lepš) vyšlo v roce 2014.
    Textbook chapter
    Lepš J. (2013): Diversity and ecosystem function. – In: van der Maarel E. & Franklin, J. [eds], Vegetation ecology. Wiley, Oxford. pp. 308–346
  • Lepš J., Osbornová-Kosinová J. & Rejmánek M. (1982): Community stability complexity and species life-history strategies. – Vegetatio 50: 53–63.
  • Dixon A.F.G. Kindlmann P. Lepš J. & Holman J. (1987): Why there are so few species of aphids especially in the tropics? – Amer. Natur. 129: 580–592.
  • Lepš J., Brown V. K., Diaz Len T. A., Gormsen D., Hedlund K., Kailová J., Korthals G. W., Mortimer S. R., Rodriguez-Barrueco C., Roy J., Santa Regina I., van Dijk C. & van der Putten W. (2001): Separating the chance effect from the other diversity effects in the functioning of plant communities. – Oikos 92: 123–134.
  • Lepš J., Novotný V. & Basset Y. (2001): Habitat and successional status of plants in relation to the communities of their leaf-chewing herbivors in Papua New Guinea. – J. Ecol. 89: 186–199.
  • Špačková I. & Lepš J. (2001): Procedure for separating the selection effect from other effects in diversity-productivity relationship. – Ecology Letters 4: 585–594.
  • Lepš, J. de Bello F., Šmilauer P. & Doležal J. (2011): Community trait response to environment: disentangling species turnover vs intraspecific trait variability effects. - Ecography 34: 856–863.
  • Majeková, M., de Bello, F., Dolezal, J., & Lepš, J. (2014). Plant functional traits as determinants of population stability. Ecology, 95(9), 2369-2374.
  • Lepš, J. (2014). Scale‐and time‐dependent effects of fertilization, mowing and dominant removal on a grassland community during a 15‐year experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51(4), 978-987.

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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.